Commuters from this station are paying £502 a year more than a station three minutes along the line
PUBLISHED: 15:38 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 24 April 2017
Southeastern is facing fresh calls to reduce fares
Southeastern passengers using Swanscombe station are paying hundreds of pounds more than a station 1.6 miles away, it has been revealed.
A yearly season ticket from the station to London Terminals currently puts passengers back £2,992.
But for passengers using Greenhithe station, three minutes away on the train, the cost of the same ticket rests at £2,440.
“Rail passengers in Swanscombe are getting a bad deal,” said Claire Pearce, Labour candidate for the towns at next month’s KCC elections.
“It cannot be fair that people using Swanscombe station pay significantly more in fares than those using Greenhithe station - even though it’s only three minutes further down the line.
“An annual season ticket to London costs £502 more from Swanscombe than it does from Greenhithe - that’s £184 a minute.
A Southeastern spokesman said: “Just as with other train operating companies, fares across our network are calculated using a number of factors, this means the price of a train ticket can vary from one station to another.
“In the case of season tickets, prices are regulated by the government and linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI). Today, passengers commuting into London from Swanscombe pay around 30p per mile.
“However, Greenhithe is an example of a station on our network where passengers still benefit from a lower-than-average increase under previous Department for Transport (DfT) regulation.
“We continue to keep any fare increases to a minimum across our network and indeed have frozen a number of ticket prices for the past three years, including Advance fares which remain at January 2016 prices.”